A night after getting pushed around by the big bad Brewers, the Cubs pushed back in a big way, pounding the living daylights out of Jeff Suppan, Derrick Turnbow, and the rest of the Brew Crew 19-5. That win gave the Cubs a 17-10 record for April, the most wins in April in franchise history. The previous high was 16, set in April 1969. The Brewers had to be filled with confidence after Tuesday night’s victory, but the Cubs gave them a beat down they won’t soon forget. The Cubs score 19 runs on 15 hits with no errors. The Brewers only had 5 runs on six hits with one error. Ricky Weeks had two hits, Ryan Braun had two hits, Prince Fielder had one hit, and Mike Rivera had one hit. After the fifth inning, the Brewers cried “Uncle” and Ned Yost pulled out a bunch of his starters, including Fielder and Braun. Starting pitcher Jeff Suppan gave up 11 runs on 11 hits in only 3.2 innings. The Cubs got six runs in the first, when Reed Johnson and Ryan Theriot reached base, then Derek Lee doubled, A-Ram doubled, and Geovany Soto hit a three run homer to left field. Soto would hit another three run homer later in the game, giving him 6 RBI’s. DeRosa had RBI’s in the third and fourth inning, Ramirez added an RBI in the fourth, and SI cover boy Kosuke Fukudome had one in the sixth.
The eighth inning was a bizarre one for Derrick Turnbow and the Brewers. Turnbow came into the game in the eighth inning and got the first batter, Henry Blanco, to strike out looking. He then walked Mark DeRosa and gave up a single to pinch hitter Mike Fontenot. With runners at first and second, Felix Pie flied out for the seocnd out of the inning. With two outs, Matt Murton hit a single, scoring DeRosa. Turnbow would walk Johnson, to load the bases. Turnbow would then walk Theriot to force in a run. Ronnie Cedeno then hit a double to clear the bases. The damage still wan’t done as Daryl Ward hit a double to drive in Cedeno. Henry Blanco, who started the inning, drew a walk. That was it for Turnbow, as he gave up six runs on four hits and four walks.
Dempster was fantastic tonight, improving his record to 4-0, giving up three runs on four hits and striking out one over six innings. Bob Howry gave up a two run blast to Mike Rivera in the seventh. Carlos Marmol and Michael Wuertz both threw scoreless innings. If you would have told me that Dempster would be 4-0 in April and be one of our most consistent starters, I would have laughed. He is proving a lot of people wrong so far, myself included. This was a huge win for Dempster and the Cubs. The Cubs had lost 4 of their previous five games, Lou was very testy with the media today, and morale was low. Not anymore. Now comes a huge match up in the series, Carlos Zambrano versus Yovani Gallardo. Like the old saying goes, I hope the Cubs left something for tomorrow. Gallardo is a great young pitcher and the Cubs will have to be patient. The win tonight puts the momentum back in the Cubs corner, with the Brewers needing to respond to what happened Thursday night. Z just shaved his head, so let’s see if that makes him more areodynamic. How nice would it be to start May on a winning note, taking the series against the Brewers? Let’s hope the Cubs have another day like today. Either way, the Cubs showed that they have muscle too and I am sure both clubs will continue to battle each other throughout the season. We really needed this win.